Author: Ben Zhu
Requested Type: Pre-Selected Invited
Submitted: 2016-02-15 14:16:24
Co-authors: M.Francisquez, B.N.Rogers
6127 Wilder Laboratory
Hanover, NH 03755
Two-dimensional nonlinear electromagnetic simulations of the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability with oblique guiding magnetic fields are studied using the reduced MHD equations. Our results show that when the amplitude of the external magnetic field is comparable to the critical linear stability threshold, the KH instability will be excited (as predicted by linear theory). However, upon entering the nonlinear phase, the system will self-stabilize within several linear growth times, and relax to a configuration similar to its initial profile. Preliminary analysis suggests the self-stabilization may be caused by the linear instability driven perturbations to the magnetic field. A simplified three-mode coupling analysis also shows that the system could remain dynamically stable if an appropriate external field is applied.